River Yarrow’s a TV star

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Chorley’s River Yarrow and the volunteers who look after it are to appear on television series Countrywise later this month.

Filming for episode eight of the current series of the popular show has taken place at the Yarrow in Chorley.

It is due to be shown on ITV on October 21.

Countrywise, featuring farming and agricultural expert Paul Heiney, explores the best of Britain’s coast and country.

Paul is joined in the series by new additions, intrepid adventurer Ben Fogle and wildlife biologist Liz Bonnin.

Alan Whittaker, of the Friends of the River Yarrow volunteer group – affectionately known as FrY – which was formed in 2000, explained how the show linked up with them.

“They picked up on us from our website showing some of the work we do as the Friends of the River Yarrow,” said Alan, a former Mayor of Chorley, and borough and county councillor. “They came down and took some photographs and did some filming with John Bamford, from the Friends. John does lots of clearing in the river and produces the quarterly newsletter.

“It was the wettest day of the summer.

“I think they enjoyed it and we had a cup of tea afterwards.

“It was a good day and they stayed there all day. I think they were quite impressed.

“We’re looking forward to the screening.”

The Friends passionately engage themselves in improving the quality of the river and its environment for the benefit of the local community and fishermen alike.

They are immensely proud of their achievements, which have included the construction of fish passes.

The Birkacre weir fish pass was the first to be constructed in the autumn of 2002.

Sea trout and brown trout were witnessed ascending it within days of its completion as well as a few salmon – the first fish to ascend the weir in more than 100 years.

The Friends are always on the lookout for new members.

Visit their website www.friendsoftheriveryarrow.co.uk for more information.